Political-themed pumpkins highlight Halloween
Trick-or-treaters visiting Betsy Osborne’s house Halloween night were given a simple task before they were allowed to leave with their goodies.
The Christiansburg Middle School social studies teacher asked each visitor to study the three politics-themed jack-o’-lanterns on her front porch and to cast a vote for the one they liked the most.
At the end of the evening, the votes would be tallied, and one lucky pumpkin representing one of Osborne’s three classes would be declared the winner.
Osborne said she uses the pumpkin design project each year to teach her students about the process of the presidential primaries.
The students created their own designs and then separated into groups. Each group chose one design to represent them. Each group’s design was then placed in front of the class, and the entire class voted to decide which design would represent them in the Halloween election.
The second-block class decided on an eagle and flag designed by Jessica Miles and Alexis Collier, third block chose “Boxing It Out” by Hannah Yates, and fourth block went with Alec Gibson’s “The Great Seal.”
Osborne then carved each of the three pumpkins and displayed them for her trick-or-treating visitors to vote on.
Shortly after 8 on Halloween night, the election was called, and Gibson’s “The Great Seal,” which represented Osborne’s fourth-block class, was declared the victor.
Along with the pride of winning, the class also won the remainder of Osborne’s trick-or-treat candy.
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